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Cyprus president consults with negotiating team and heads to Athens ahead of Geneva talks

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides on Monday announced that President Anastasiades will be travelling to Athens on Friday to meet with the Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras, ahead of the Geneva talks. Foreign Ministers of both countries, Ioannis Kasoulides and Nikos Kotzias, will also be present at the meeting.

The Spokesman also said that Foreign Ministry officials from Greece and Turkey will meet this week to lay the groundwork ahead of the Cyprus conference in Geneva and facilitate a meeting between Tsipras and Turkish President Tayip Erdogan.

President Nicos Anastasiades has called a meeting of his negotiating team on Wednesday, ahead of the Geneva talks on Cyprus problem in January. The meeting taking place at the presidential retreat in the Troodos mountains, commenced at 10.30 local time.

On Friday, the President is scheduled to travel to Athens for a meeting with the Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras. The Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and Greece are going to attend the meeting.

President Anastasiades is set to meet the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci again on Januray 4th, and most probably on the 7th as well, before the talks in Geneva.

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said that the efforts ahead of Geneva are being intensified, pointing out that we are at a crucial juncture now. All efforts,he said, aim at creating those conditions at the negotiating table that wo